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Crawfish BottomRecovering a Lost Kentucky Community$
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Douglas A. Boyd

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813134086

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813134086.001.0001

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The Other Side of the Tracks

The Other Side of the Tracks

(p.111) Chapter Four The Other Side of the Tracks
Crawfish Bottom

Douglas A. Boyd

W. Fitzhugh Brundage

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter looks at the role of the oral history interviewer in shaping the narrative when the interviewer has a distinct nostalgic impulse, which is then surprisingly countered by many former residents. Residents talk about community and neighborliness but add back into the oral history narrative elements (including violence, crime, prostitution, and bootlegging) that jibe more closely with the historical reputation that the interviewer is attempting to counter, ultimately creating a more balanced historical view.

Keywords:   crime, violence, prostitution, bootlegging, interviewer, oral history, public memory

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